Lord Soley

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Lord Soley

I listened to Any Answers ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/anyquestions.shtml ) on my car radio this Saturday and was reminded of the strength of feeling on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. I am fairly confident that the majority of people are in favour of the Bill but now that several church leaders have waded in I suspect the argument will get…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee – next hearing

Lord Soley

The next hearing of the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee will be on Wednesday 26th March at 3.30pm. The hearing is open to the public as usual. Our witness will be Dr Scott Dowell, Director of the Global Disease Detection Program of the US Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA. http://www.cdc.gov/ The evidence will be taken…

Tibet and Iraq

Lord Soley

Question time on Thursday gave me the opportunity to make a point about training the Iraqi army and also about  Chinese repression in Tibet. These are both contentious issues. Iraq. Whatever your views about the invasion of Iraq I hope people will agree that training the Iraqi army is vital for the future stability of the…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee

Lord Soley

I am the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee and yesterday we took evidence from Mr Sy, the Director of Partnerships and External Relations at UNAIDS in Geneva. The Committee is hearing evidence about communicable diseases and the way intergovernmental organisations are dealing with them. It is an important area of policy because globalisation…

The Lords they are a blogging!

Lord Soley

After many trials and tribulations the Lords have got a blog site – thanks to the Hansard Society and the Lords Library and Information Department (and me!) The following will appear on the Guardian ‘Comment is free’ site on Monday: In 2003 I started a blog as an MP. I regarded it as a success…